Tip Line: 574-344-5557 | news57@abc57.com

THIS JUST IN: House shot at again, riddled with 20+ more bullets

SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The house where three people were shot and injured early Saturday morning was shot up again just four hours later.

The home owner, Malcom Griffin told ABC 57 News in an exclusive interview Saturday afternoon that the five people that live in the home hosted a party with about 80 people Friday night that went into the morning hours Saturday.

Griffin said that three guys came to the party just before 1 a.m. and were asked to leave. He said that the guys were trouble and that people inside the party also knew the men and all wanted for them to leave. An argument broke out outside the home after them men were asked to leave at 1233 West Van Buren Street when the the men were asked to leave.

About 15 minutes later, according to Griffin, the men returned. One of them knocked on the front door. Someone opened the door and that's when he said one of the men kicked in the glass pane screen door and opened fire inside the home.

A 24 & 19-year-old inside the home, brothers, were hit by the flying bullets.

Griffin said the 24-year-old was grazed by a bullet across his chest and that his 19-year-old brother was shot in the hip.

Griffin said the 24-year-old was released just a couple hours later from Memorial Hospital and that the 19-year-old will undergo surgery Sunday, but is expected to be okay.

ABC 57 News has learned the names of the victims, we are not releasing those names until police issue a release in regards to the shooting. As of 3:30 p.m. Saturday South Bend Police have not issued any media releases or returned our phone calls about the shooting investigation.

There have been no details about suspects or arrests. Officers have not confirmed that the third person shot is being considered a suspect.

ABC 57's Jaclyn Kelley saw a young man in handcuffs be taken into Memorial Hospital after the shooting. He didn't appear to be injured. We have not been able to confirm that the person was a suspect, person of interest, witness or even related to the shooting investigation.

He then describes chaos. Those inside the home all dropped to the ground or ran into different rooms of the house. He said that three people were shooting, two men in the street and the man at the front door.

It's estimated by South Bend Police that up to 35 bullets were fired off inside and outside the home.

Griffin said that one of the suspects were accidental shot by one of his buddies that was carelessly shooting off a gun. When he hit the ground that's when people from inside the party started running out in all directions.

Three people were taken to Memorial Hospital's Emergency Room. The hospital was placed on lock down as standard protocol during high tense crime situations like these.

Margie Scroope with Memorial Hospital told ABC 57 News Saturday afternoon that the lock down was issued around 1:30 a.m. and was lifted around 8 a.m.

The hospital is open and fully operational, Scroope said.

Griffin said the 24-year-old victim was released from the hospital just hours after the shooting. At 5 a.m. he  said the house was shot up again. Three people, including the 24-year-old that was shot just four hours earlier where inside at the time. None of them were injured as an additional 20+ shots were fired.

Griffin said police officers, "rolled by" to check on the house but didn't seem to really care or investigate.

Griffin said that those that live in the house are not in a gang, but that the three suspects are. Griffin said that he isn't sure what would motivate them to shoot up the house other than the fact they were kicked out of the party.

ABC 57's Jaclyn Kelley, Rachel Glaser and Brian Dorman all contributed to this report.

Stay with ABC 57 News as we continue to uncover the latest details for you both on air and online.


Share this article:
Save with
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?


Post a comment
Be the first to leave a comment!
Are you sure you want to delete this comment?